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After the Music Stopped

The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

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One of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers offers a masterful narrative of the crisis and its lessons Many fine books on the financial crisis were first drafts of history—books written to fill the need for immediate understanding. Alan S. Blinder, esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, held off, taking the time to understand the crisis and to think his way through to a truly comprehensive and coherent narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we can do from here—mired as we still are in its wreckage. With bracing clarity, Blinder shows us how the U.S. financial system, which had grown far too complex for its own good—and too unregulated for the public good—experienced a perfect storm beginning in 2007. Things started unraveling when the much-chronicled housing bubble burst, but the ensuing implosion of what Blinder calls the “bond bubble” was larger and more devastating. Some people think of the financial industry as a sideshow with little relevance to the real economy—where the jobs, factories, and shops are. But finance is more like the circulatory system of the economic body: if the blood stops flowing, the body goes into cardiac arrest. When America’s financial structure crumbled, the damage proved to be not only deep, but wide. It took the crisis for the world to discover, to its horror, just how truly interconnected—and fragile—the global financial system is. Some observers argue that large global forces were the major culprits of the crisis. Blinder disagrees, arguing that the problem started in the U.S. and was pushed abroad, as complex, opaque, and overrated investment products were exported to a hungry world, which was nearly poisoned by them. The second part of the story explains how American and international government intervention kept us from a total meltdown....

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 04, 2013 – As the U.S. economy desperately tries to crawl out of its gloomy cave, many still feel the impact of the 2007 financial crisis. Here, noted analyst Blinder (The Quiet Revolution) provides insights on why it happened, covering three critical questions: How did we get into this mess? What was done to correct problems? and have we learned anything? He opens by addressing the rise of unemployment rates and the housing market crash, with Blinder explaining what happened to big players like AIG, Merrill Lynch, and WaMu as they collapsed. He provides a clear critical analysis of the actions authorities proposed to prevent large corporations from crumbling, and offers his own opinion on how to fix the system. Later chapters explain the key weaknesses that predate the fateful summer of 2007, and what happened to the citizens, why the government took the actions it did, and why those policies were wise. As Blinder outlines the causes of the financial crisis, he acknowledges that questions still linger in the public mind: Has history taught us anything, or are we headed for a repeat of this kind of crisis?

Customer Reviews

Complexity simplified.

Alan does a magnificent job at explaining the origins of the financial crisis without assigning blame to any one party, which allows for a detailed analysis of what all went wrong at each stage.

He manages to take a very complex issue and translate it into simpler terms, you don't need an MBA to understand the key points.

His recommendations for the future are, in my opinion, spot on. Bankers will hate them, but the working person will love them.

After the music stopped

Heavily slanted in favor of democrats. The republican view is is poorly explained and unfairly distorted. I have always voted for the best man regardless of party affiliation but this author is clearly favoring democrats over republicans and seems to forget that Bush's hands were tied in his last two years by a democratic house and senate that was very partisan. Then when Obama was elected, the democrats still had both houses for anther two years of partisan reign. Shouldn't the blame be more fairly divided?
This book does have interesting facts and is otherwise very informative. I would like to have seen it written without the obvious favoritism.

When the music stopped

Great book for a library & reference.
Sorry Washington fails to get the basis of this event; the real cause and remedies.

After the Music Stopped
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  • Category: Economics
  • Published: Jan 24, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 528 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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